Top tips #1 — Sivia Harding

While Kim and I are on the road, I will have daily tips to share with you from the designers (pattern- and yarn-) featured in my books. Each day, you’ll have one or more tips to spice up your knitting, spinning or other fiber arts.

Today’s tip is from Sivia Harding, aka the Queen of Beaded Knitting. She had virtually an entire chapter of Knitgrrl 2 to herself as she taught us how to add beads to our knitting. Here’s her tip for you:

Strings of beads going haywire? Keep your yarn pre-strung with beads tidy by coiling it in a bowl, preferably on the floor, where gravity can be a help rather than a hindrance. Leave enough yarn free so that you don’t feel the weight of the beads as you knit, or at least 20″ – 30″.

Thanks, Sivia! Be sure to check out her website for more information on (and patterns for) knitting with beads.

Packing for tour

You’re going on the road for two weeks: how much yarn do you pack?

Pros: you’ll be in a yarn store almost every day
Cons: you can’t be sure they’ll have exactly what you need if you run out

Discuss.

(This conversation sponsored by the Shannon Is Packing Her Spinning Wheel In Her Suitcase And There Is Only So Much Room In There And Oh, Let’s Not Even Discuss Packing Spinning Fiber Foundation).

Of course, if the yarn wins out and I end up wearing the same outfit to all eleven yarn stores, you’ll understand, right?

Speaking of tours: technically I’m doing two at once. The in-person tour, and the blog tour. Mark your calendars — here’s the blog tour dates. And don’t forget — the Spin to Knit secret pal swap registration starts October first. Sign up here.